Wednesday, June 30, 2010

"Mother's Help"

8"x10" Acrylic on canvas

This painting borders on impressionism; a little departure from my other seascapes.  I took several reference photos of this mother and son and hope to paint them again soon.  Please feel free  to send me your comments.  I would love to hear from you.

Friday, June 25, 2010

"Power at Chun's Reef"

4"x6" Acrylic on Raymar Panel

This scene is really a little more towards Waimea Bay, but not too far a walk from Chun's Reef on the North Shore of Oahu.   Had a grand time experimenting with color in this painting.   I have been called a "colorist" because I sometimes exaggerate color even in my most realistic works. 

Hope you enjoy "the view" of a little part of the beauty of paradise here in Hawaii.   My intentions for future posts on this blog is to show more miniature still life paintings, so please stop by and visit often.

Monday, June 21, 2010

Plumeria - In The Pink

Same 3"x3" painting as below to show the size as compared to my hand for a better photo to show scale and just how tiny this miniature is.

Monday, June 14, 2010

"Sunflowers at North Padre Island, Texas"

                                                        16"x20" Oil on Canvas

Great news in the mail today!    I received notice that I had been accepted into the prestigious Oil Painters of America!   I am positively elated!   The above painting was one of the entries I sent them to be judged and juried into this wonderful group of artists.   I will definitely be painting more major oils in the future,  but will not abandon my almost daily miniature paintings.   

The painting shown above is currently not for sale.   I may keep it for myself.    However, I do accept commissions; also, check out some of the older posts on this blog .

Thank you for your interest and any questions you may have may be sent to

Thursday, June 10, 2010

"Sunrise at Sandy Beach"

                                               8"x10" Acrylic on canvas    $500

Sandy Beach is located on the Southeast part of Oahu, and is quite pleasant with no huge hotels,etc., just beautiful scenery all around.   I never tire of painting seascapes, and I hope my viewers of this blog never tire of them as well.    However, I am considering painting more still life and florals in the near future.    I, as an artist, thrive on a variety of subject matter so you may get a surprise now and then as to what I post.

If time permits, this coming weekend I will have a drawing for a free miniature painting, as promised previously, for one of those who follow this blog and  my Facebook fan page.   The winner of the painting will pay no shipping costs, unless they live outside of the USA.    Hey, the weekend is here!  It is Friday already so either Saturday or Sunday I will have the drawing and post a photo of the free painting along with the first name of the winner, whom I will contact via email.    This will be a fun experience!  

Friday, June 4, 2010

"Sweet Song" White-Rumped Shama

                                                12"x12" Acrylic on board

Just completed this painting about 2 hours ago.   This bird is also known as Shama Thrush and is found on Oahu, Kauai, and Maui.  This past February I went to the Ho'omaluhia Botanical Gardens on Oahu with friends and was fortunate enough to take a few pictures of this handsome thrush before he flew away.  I was positively thrilled by the encounter as I had wanted some photos of this bird for a long time .  I already had several reference photos of baby shamas I had taken at another botanical garden on Oahu, so now I really was pleased.   This painting is of a male Shama Thrush; the female is more gray and duller with a shorter tail than the male.   Many people think this is the best songster in the islands.

Ho'omaluhia Botanical Garden is very large (400 acres) and has a 32 acre lake on the premises.   I may post more later about this wonderful place, as I intend to paint more scenes from there in the future.  Wonderful place to spend time in nature, and of course they have lots of waterfowl on their lake.

Wednesday, June 2, 2010

"Yellow Plumeria" 5"x7" Acrylic

I have taken a lot of reference photographs of plumeria blossoms lately, as they are blooming profusely over the entire island right now.   Part of the year some of them not only stop blooming but lose their leaves as well.  I plan to paint some more plumerias using oil paints very soon.   As most of you know,  plumeria blossoms are popular for making leis.   

Yesterday I made a trip to the Honolulu Zoo mainly to take photos of various birds,  but I also took reference photos of some of the animals as well as the plumeria blossoms blooming there.  I spent 4 very productive and enjoyable hours at the zoo, and will go there again very soon.   I have been so isolated in my studio painting away to my heart's content that I felt like I just had to get out and about yesterday.   I am  presently working on a bird painting right now and felt the urge to go take more photos of birds so off I went to the zoo with one particular  bird in mind to capture on film that I had seen there about a year ago.   I was rewarded with several shots of the African Yellow-breasted Starling like I had hoped for.  

Thank you for your interest and if you have any questions about this painting or about a possible commission,  please contact me at     This painting is priced at $150